Why Do American Jihadists Still Have Valid Passports?

The government has obviously failed to revoke the passports of American jihadists who have left the U.S. to join forces with the Islamic State. That makes no sense!

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In CNS News, we read, “FBI Director: Americans Fighting With ISIS ‘Entitled’ to Come Back.”

FBI Director James Comey told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that “a dozen or so” Americans are fighting with terrorists in Syria; “yes,” he knows who they are; and they are “entitled to come back” unless their passport is revoked; and if they do come back, they will be tracked.

Asked if he know who “each and every one” of the Americans are, Comey said, “of that dozen or so, I do.”

Comey said he expects some of these Americans to return to the United States: “Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back. So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with an American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully.”

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On Sept. 2,  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, “The United States, including the State Department, has long had the authority to revoke passports.

“Obviously, there are different reasons for that, including fraud but also pending legal charges, which would be more applicable in some of these cases that we’re discussing (foreign fighters). Clearly, we wouldn’t make those decisions on our own. We would make them in coordination with law enforcement authorities.”

Psaki continued: “There are also capabilities that the United States has, including putting individuals on a no-fly list…So I think, obviously, there are a range of steps and ways that we can prevent individuals who pose harm to us from either returning to the United States or being allowed to stay…being allowed to operate as private citizens in the United States. And that’s – we’ve long had those capabilities.”

Asked if “any such maneuvers” were actually underway, Psaki said she would “not going to be able to confirm numbers or any specifics.”

So what have we learned?

  1. The FBI says they know the identities of around a dozen or so Americans who are fighting in Syria with ISIL/ISIS/IS.
  2. The FBI says the government can revoke the passports of such people.
  3. From the FBI Director’s comments, it is clear the government has not yet chosen to revoke these individuals’ passports, and therefore they are free to return to the United States, despite having fought alongside those we are currently bombing.

Question: Why have we not revoked their passports? Hello? Hello?!